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ALL IN THE DETAILS: Neutrals with an Edge

April 19th, 2016 at 2:10am

Springtime is finally here, but April’s unpredictable and chilly weather is throwing your warm weather wardrobe for a loop. You can still layer clothes to keep up with the ever-changing weather, while maintaining a fresh, spring look. This Fashionista chose a vibrant blue, floral print scarf to keep her warm on a windy day, as well as give her outfit a pop of springtime pastel.

Lightweight cotton scarves are wardrobe essentials. They can be styled in a variety of ways and breathe life into an ensemble featuring otherwise muted colors.  This Fashionista’s pairing of a flowy greige (the color between gray and beige) blouse with a lighter greige colored utility jacket may seem like the workings of a neutral outfit, but her incorporation of the blue striped and floral print scarf take her ensemble the extra mile. She completes the look with a pair of shiny gold sandals that match the button detailing on her jacket, keeping the color scheme of her ensemble in balance.

Layering pieces in the same color family, but in different hues, adds a new level of interest to a casual outfit. Even if you do not own a cotton or silk scarf, bright colored accessories can give some edge to a relaxed spring look. Consider bold, chunky statement necklaces or an eye-catching tote bag that can be both functional and help you stand out in a crowd.  Even if you are not used to wearing vibrant pastels, wearing statement accessories paired with a more muted top can seem like a less intimidating approach to introducing color to your wardrobe.

How To: Try pairing a loose blouse with a jacket in some springtime friendly, neutral colors, such as cream or taupe. To give your outfit an added boost of color like this Fashionista, pick a monochromatic scarf with an interesting pattern in your favorite seasonal shade.